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123421 SE Literary & Cultural Studies Seminar / BA Paper / MA British/Irish/New English (2018S)

Shakespeare's Tragedies: Hamlet and Macbeth

11.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

Details

max. 18 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

This course is supplemented by a field trip to London that will take place from 31st May to 2nd June. I have procured 12 tickets for the performance of Macbeth (31st May, 7.30 pm, National Theatre) and 12 tickets for the performance of Hamlet (1st June, 2pm, Shakespeare's Globe).

Since there are not enough tickets for all course participants, it is in no way compulsory to come on the trip and if you cannot make it, it will not impede your ability to complete the course in any way.

If you do decide to sign up for the trip, however, I will ask you to agree to the following points:
- that you will book & pay for your own travel
- that you will book & pay for your own accommodation
- that you will take care of & pay for your nourishment
- that you will be in central London by 2 pm on the 31st of May 2018
- that you won't leave London before 5 pm on the 2nd of June
- that between these two points in time you will participate in the cultural programme we are currently putting together (at the Globe, at the Rose etc.), rather than wander off on your own

What you do between 5pm on the 2nd and the beginning of your classes in the following week is entirely up to you. Should you miss a class the following week because you want to stay in London for a bit longer, make sure to tell/clear this with your instructors.

Should more than 12 course participants be interested in coming on the trip, we'll draw lots in the first lesson.

Dienstag 13.03. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Dienstag 20.03. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Dienstag 10.04. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Dienstag 17.04. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Dienstag 24.04. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Dienstag 08.05. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Dienstag 15.05. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Dienstag 29.05. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Dienstag 05.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Dienstag 12.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Dienstag 19.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Dienstag 26.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A

Information

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Two of the early modern period's most famous plays are at the focus in this course: Hamlet (first performed some time between 1600 and 1602, during the reign of E. I), which boasts the title role with the highest word count; and Macbeth (first performed in 1611, during the reign of James VI./I.), the shortest of Shakespeare's tragedies that, at the same time, moves along at the fasted pace. Both plays are set north of England (Denmark/Scotland) but stage experiments that explore the question of rule as legitimate/illegitimate that posed burning issues for the English monarchy at the time. Both are deeply interested in the relationship between order and disorder and the role revenge might play for converting them into each other; both feature elements of the supernatural (ghost/witches), while probing deeply into issues of affect psychology (responsibility, guilt, melancholia, madness). While we are going to spend a few lessons per play on the Shakespearean text, its themes, its connections to Renaissance cosmology and medicine (humours, its cultural contexts and the theatrical conventions of the time during which they were written, we are also going to take a look at a modern theatrical performance and a film each to allow you to hone your skills of analysing and interpreting the stylistic devices available to the stage and the film as media that add other codes to the textual.

There will be no student presentations in this class. Instead you are expected to act as a specialist for one lesson of the term, either alone or as a member of a team, depending on the number of participants. How exactly this works in terms of timing, what will be expected of you and what a 'prep mail', 'the double-feedback-loop' and a 'golden nugget' is, in which you are going to participate, will be explained in detail in the first lesson.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Regular attendance; regular preparation of assigned reading material; active participation in class; active in specialist team for one lesson per term; active in peer-feedback loop; 2 plot-quizzes; final paper.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Attendance:
No more than two lessons may be missed without certified medical reason. If a doctor's note is produced, a third lesson may be missed but is to be compensated for at the teacher's discretion. If more than three lessons are missed, this results in failing the course.

Quiz 1: 3%
Quiz 2: 3%
Performance review (for field trippers) of either of the two shows (2 pages): 11%
Film review (for non-field trippers) of any of the discussed films (2 pages): 11%
Active participation: 10%
Specialist task: 33%
Term paper: 40%

Points must be collected in all of theses areas to pass. The benchmark for passing this course is at 60%.

Marks in %:
1 (very good): 90-100%
2 (good): 81-89%
3 (satisfactory): 71-80%
4 (pass): 60-70%
5 (fail): 0-59%

The term paper/BA paper will be marked according to the following categories: form; content; methodology; quality of thesis; language; style.

The written work has to be accompanied by a signed and dated anti-plagiarism statement, sent by email as a .pdf file. The written work itself (6500-8000 words for a term paper; 8500-10000 words for a BA thesis) is to be handed in by email as a .doc file.

Prüfungsstoff

There will be no written exam.

Literatur

Books to buy:
The following texts have been ordered for you at Facultas (shop on Campus)

- William Shakespeare, Hamlet. Arden Edition [978-1-4725-1838-5]
- William Shakespeare, Macbeth. Arden Edition [978-1-904271-41-3]

Films to watch:
- Sven Gade, Hamlet (1921)
- Justin Kurzel, Macbeth (2015)
- Eve Best, Macbeth (Globe on Screen, 2013)
- Gregory Doran, Hamlet (RSC, 2009)

Background reading:
Whenever dealing with Shakespeare, this should be your first point of call, if you need to get a good general idea: Ina Schabert (ed.), Shakespeare-Handbuch, Stuttgart: Alfred Kröner Verlag, 2000. So if you read German, please familiarise yourselves with the respective entries on the two tragedies we are going to discuss. They will be available as pdf files on Moodle. A good second point of call is the introduction to the individual play in question, which is provided by the every Arden edition. These intros are generally lengthy affairs, but their internal structure makes it easy to select which parts might be more relevant for the purpose at hand than others. Other critical texts on Shakespeare's plays and their cultural/political/historical/social contexts will be made available at the beginning of term as pdf files on Moodle.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Studium: UF 344, BA 612, MA 844;
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.4-322, BA09.2, 10.2, MA4, MA6, MA7
Lehrinhalt: 12-0373

Letzte Änderung: Fr 31.08.2018 08:42